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Sommelier Wine Awards: Wines of the Year 2011

01-09-2011 | Category: Competitions Red only White only Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

This year’s Imbibe Live event at Earls Court saw over two dozen sommeliers tasting some of the top wines from this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards competition to find out which bottles received the ultimate accolade. Chris Losh recorded the results

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Best of the SWA 2011 best

07-07-2011 | Category: Wines News Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

More 2011 Sommelier Wine Awards winners announced

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CARMENERE

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only Carmenere Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

After a shocking first year in the SWAs, Carmenère found its feet with some style this year, delivering some great wines

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SWA 2011: GOLDS BY MERCHANT

01-05-2011 | Category: Wines Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Between them, the following submitters were awarded half of this year’s Gold List wines. To make life easier for you, we’ve listed the top five merchants and their Gold wines here. Now get calling…

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SWA 2011: ITALY - AMARONE

01-05-2011 | Category: Italy Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Huge wines and huge prices, this was a category that seemed to be more about ego than elegance

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SWA 2011: HOUSE WINES

01-05-2011 | Category: France Germany Italy Spain Chile Red only White only Australia New Zealand South Africa

With screwcaps to the fore, the quality of the whites (particularly) and the reds here was amazing for the price. Rosé was another matter entirely

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SWA 2011: VARIETAL CLASSICS - ARGENTINIAN MALBEC

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Plenty of entries, and plenty of ambition, too, for this hot, new category. Just not quite enough balance in the wines

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SWA 2011: VARIETAL CLASSICS - NZ SAUVIGNON BLANC

01-05-2011 | Category: New Zealand Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

The customers’ love of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc shows no sign of abating, and the strong performance of this category shows why they may have a point

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SWA 2011: SWEET WINES

01-05-2011 | Category: Fortified Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Superlative examples and high prices on the Gold List, so if it’s bargains you’re after, look lower down!

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - WHITE BURGUNDY

01-05-2011 | Category: France White only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A good, rather than great, year for white Burgundy with the 2008s often too tight and 2009s fractionally too young

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - RED BURGUNDY

01-05-2011 | Category: Burgundy Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

With a general lack of great available vintages to call on, this was a category that polarised the opinions of the tasters

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SWA 2011: REST OF EUROPE

01-05-2011 | Category: Red only White only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Too few entries. The Lebanese producer Ksara performed well but where were the Greeks and Eastern Europeans?

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SWA 2011: REST OF ITALY - RED

01-05-2011 | Category: Italy Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

The mid-weight wines of the North-East were the stars, but overall Italy succeeded in providing a wide range of good food-friendly reds at decent prices

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SWA 2011: BY THE GLASS AWARDS

01-05-2011 | Category: France Spain Chile USA Red only White only Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

In the past, a By The Glass award has gone to wines that match specific dishes – the theory being that they could be served by the glass as ready matches with a meal.

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - OTHER WHITES

01-05-2011 | Category: USA White only Australia New Zealand South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters

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